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Experiencing The Dunbrody Famine Ship

As you arrive into the exhibition, we establish an illusion that you are an emigrant passenger by creating a theatre set with audio of voices from the past and a seamless interaction with live interpreters.
Our exhibition is divided into three parts:
Departure, Voyage and New World.

Your Visit

Ticket Office

As you enter the exhibition, you arrive on the dock at New Ross Quay. The scene in front of you is William Graves’ ticket office and you overhear Ann Morrissey, a 25-year-old housekeeper from Glenmore, paying the balance of her fares.

Departure Hall

With Boarding Pass in hand, you join the throngs of emigrants gathering in the Embarkation area.

Here you get a vision of what impoverished refugees, who risked everything they had, including their lives, might have felt as they stepped on board a ship setting sail for a dangerous journey to an American life.

 

Guides in Period Costumes

The next section of the exhibition, Voyage, takes place entirely on board the ship. Here, in the steerage accommodation, you meet fellow “passengers”, Mrs Anne White and Mrs Mary O’Brien, who engage you in conversation, freely sharing their opinions and experiences of the journey.

Aboard the Dunbrody

Close by is the crew’s quarters, the captain’s cabin and the much plusher accommodation for the “cabin” passengers.

One area is given over to a selection of the cargo which the Dunbrody carried on her return journeys from America, the other half of the ship’s story.

In the New World

Eventually arriving in the New World of Savannah Georgia, you will hear heartrending tales of the tragedy at the quarantine station of Grosse Ile, and see how fellow emigrants adjust to their new environment.

With a million and a half people migrating during the Great Hunger, it would take generations and much hard work for the Irish to define themselves with respect and dignity in North American culture.

American Hall of Fame

The American Hall of Fame at the end of our tour reflects the realised dreams of impoverished emigrants—the large numbers of Irish Americans who have made significant contributions to our world—the Kennedy dynasty, Henry Ford, Georgia O’Keeffe, Eugene O’Neill, James Watson,

Grace Kelly…

The Dunbrody Souvenir Shop

After a memorable metaphorical pilgrimage on the Dunbrody, our museum shop has a large selection of Irish heritage books, prints, crystal, jewellery and other memorabilia.

The Captain’s Table Restaurant

The Captain’s Table Restaurant, overlooking vibrant New Ross Quays, is the perfect place to relax and absorb the experience of the ship.

Our menu offers everything from Breakfast to Main Meals and Light Bites to Sweet Treats—all to be enjoyed in this wonderful river view setting.

Pricing

Adult€14.00
Senior€13.00
Student/Child€9.00
Child under 4Free
Family 2 Adults + 1 Child under 12€32.00
Family 2 Adults + 2 Children under 12€40.00
Family 2 Adults + 3 Children under 12€48.00
I’d like to Donate€5.00

Joint Ticket option available with our sister attraction, the Kennedy Homestead.

Group Rate available on request, email marcellabutler@dunbrody.com

Opening Times & Prices

The Dunbrody Ship, Visitor Centre and Captains Table Restaurant are open 362 days of the year.

April-September 9:00am-6:00pm (last tour @ 5:00pm)

October-March 9:00am-5:00pm (last tour @ 4:00pm)

Getting Here

Driving Times to New Ross

From Dublin Airport (via M9) – 2hrs 15 mins
From Shannon Airport – 2hrs 35 mins
From Kilkenny City – 45 mins
From Wexford Town – 35 mins
From Rosslare Harbour – 45 mins
Driving times are approximate, and depend on traffic and weather conditions.

Book Tickets

Accessibility

The Dunbrody tour is fully wheelchair and buggy accessible.

Family Friendly
Pet Friendly

Ideal attraction for school tours as we provide an educational and entertaining tour that actively engages young people with a critically important era of Irish history.

Daz Aylward (DarrenA)Daz Aylward (DarrenA)
20:47 14 Nov 21
Went off-season so it was really quiet without the usual play-acting. However, the guides were top-notch and went the extra mile to make the whole experience really interesting. Good value and highly recommended.
Karen VanHooserKaren VanHooser
18:24 29 Oct 21
It was a good experience. Not a lot of people know about this part of history ..They created a replica of what that ship was and it smells and looks so claustrophobic that I can't imagine what people went through on the real one.Make sure you get a guided tour since they do really explain you every detail.It's cool they give you a name sloot with the family names of actual passengers back on the day.
Sunny SinghSunny Singh
19:24 24 Oct 21
Its a fantasy comes true experience.One of it's type. Halloween Party for kids with lights,dance,music and of course horror funny friendly creatures crawling all over the ship giving a vivid life to everyone.Enjoyed every sip on this ship. Thanks for HALLOWEEN NIGHT
Paula CloneyPaula Cloney
10:58 06 Oct 21
Fantastic place, lots of really interesting parts of our local history. So well run, staff so friendly and helpful. Definitely recommend a visit
Stephen ByrneStephen Byrne
14:16 24 Aug 21
While the service was good, I wouldn't recommend the Club Sandwich (breaded chicken). The bread was soggy because of the tomato. Chips were nice and crispy though.
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